By Damian Spellman, Pa
Published: 16:21 BST, 19 August 2019 | Updated: 16:21 BST, 19 August 2019
Andy Carroll has insisted his 'daft' years are behind him as he prepares to resume his career at first club Newcastle.
The Gateshead-born 30-year-old striker burst on to the scene as a teenager at St James' Park and found himself thrust into both the limelight and a series of off-field scrapes as his stock rose on it, eventually resulting in a then-British record £35million switch to Liverpool in January 2011.
Now back on Tyneside after a surprise deadline-day move by the Magpies, he is adamant he is a different man to the one who left the north east eight and a half years ago and by his own admission, that is due in large part to his fiance Billi Mucklow.
Andy Carroll insists that he is now much more mature after securing his return to Newcastle
He told the club's official website: 'I've got no doubt that I was daft when I was here, and no doubt that I was daft for a couple of years after as well. But I met my missus, and we've got four kids living at home now, we've got animals, we've got responsibilities.
'There's no more behaviour like it was, you